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Protecting San Diegans During COVID-19

Protecting Consumers

Price gouging – the opportunistic selling of essential items for more than 10% of their normal cost – is illegal under state law during a state of emergency. Attorneys and investigators in the Affirmative Civil Enforcement Unit (ACE) are investigating cases of price gouging to protect customers from exploitation. ACE is also tracking down scammers that peddle false promises of treatments and cures, fraudulent financial investments, fake at-home testing kits, and deceptive online ads. Report price gouging and scams to ACE at 619-533-5618 or online.

Protecting Against Gun Violence

Despite court closures, the City Attorney’s Office is working directly with the Superior Court to obtain Gun Violence Restraining Orders (GVROs) to prevent gun violence. A GVRO allows the temporary removal of guns from someone whom the court has deemed a danger to themselves or others. Stressors such as job loss, home schooling, fear, and isolation are contributing to the uptick in requests for GVROs during the public health crisis. The public is encouraged to report dangerous conduct to police immediately: 619-531-2000 or 858-484-3154. If there is an emergency, call 9-1-1.

Protecting Victims of Domestic Violence

The San Diego Family Justice Center, which is run by the City Attorney’s Office, serves victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and sex trafficking. The Family Justice Center remains a steadfast resource for victims despite the public health crisis. 

To anyone who is experiencing abuse: the Family Justice Center can help you escape to safety and receive the support you need to heal and move on with your life. Services are free and offered without judgment. Stay safe. Call the Family Justice Center: 619-533-6000 Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., or the San Diego Domestic Violence Hotline at 888-385-4657 on evenings and weekends. For emergencies, dial 9-1-1.   

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